Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Plastic Free July isn’t about a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly, it is about millions of people doing zero-waste imperfectly. And it works!
In July 2019,
- 257,802 New Zealanders took part in Plastic Free July Aotearoa, the challenge to refuse single use plastic.
- the government implemented a ban on single use plastic shopping bags
- the two main NZ supermarket chains encouraged the use of reusable containers in store
- reusable cup swap schemes by Ideal Cup and Again and Again expanded around the country.
Let’s make this special month meaningful again this year!
Not too sure where to start? Check out the Plastic Free July website, it is full of ideas for a start on your plastic-free journey, and will give you advice for every new step you take.
Take the challenge towards a new, plastic-free normal
How about taking the challenge as a team at work and reduce the use of plastic in your work environment?
Are you a student? A teacher? A parent? Check out the steps you can take in your school towards a plastic-free learning environment.
Your business can also make a huge difference by adopting game-changing solutions in the battle against plastic. Reassess and challenge your current practices to give your company a new, greener image.
And what about engaging with your community about the issue this year? Find or create your plastic-free tribe, organise events to raise awareness and take action.
Also keep an eye on the SortWaste website to enter the regional Plastic Free July competition soon!
Papatūānuku counts on us, New Zealand! Be part of the solution!